Ukraine develops test for simultaneous detection of COVID-19, two flu types

Ukraine develops test for simultaneous detection of COVID-19, two flu types

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Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine have developed a combined PCR test capable of simultaneous detection of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A and B viruses.

"New PCR tests were checked on patients’ samples provided by the Center for Public Health. We hope that the Ministry of Health will be interested in the combined PCR test," said Director of IMBG, Academician Mykhailo Tukalo, the Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics posted on Facebook.

The Institute notes that the test run time is about 6 hours.

Given the similarity of flu and coronavirus symptoms, such a PCR test is especially relevant now when Ukraine is expecting a seasonal flu epidemic.

Also, according to the Institute, scientists complete the development of a test that will detect simultaneously five viruses in a human body, in particular, rhinovirus and measles.

As reported, in January 2020, the Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics developed and certified coronavirus test systems commissioned by the National Security and Defense Council.

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